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34-40 Cha_medium @ Bos_medium 56-19
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
7:30 pm ET
TD BankNorth Garden (Boston, MA)
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With just seven games to go before playoff time, the Celtics kick off the final month of the regular season at home against one of the scrappiest young teams in the league. The Charlotte Bobcats typically give the men in green a tough battle, win or lose, and have won two of the last five matchups against the 2008 champs.

Charlotte heads into tonight's game with extra incentive to pull out a victory, as well. As it currently stands, Larry Brown's club is one game behind Chicago for the final Eastern Conference playoff seed. The 'Cats have won six of their last eight and come into tonight on a three-game winning streak, but the Bulls have countered those efforts by winning seven of their last 10 games.

Kevin Garnett, as you may have already heard, will be "shut down" for the time being, and could even be out for the remainder of the regular season. Leon Powe is in the same boat, and Brian Scalabrine may not suit up at all until 2009-10 preseason. Tony Allen, however, is expected to give it a go tonight after missing the last 22 games with torn ligaments in his left thumb. "TA" typically takes a while to get back into the swing of things when he returns from a time-consuming healing process, but it is somewhat comforting to have another body nonetheless.



Projected Starters
PG SG SF PF C

Team Leaders
PPG: Gerald Wallace (16.9)
RPG: Emeka Okafor (10.1)
APG: Raymond Felton (6.8)
SPG: Gerald Wallace (1.7)
BPG: Emeka Okafor (1.7)




Projected Starters
PG SG SF PF C

Team Leaders
PPG: Paul Pierce (20.3)
RPG: Kevin Garnett (8.5)
APG: Rajon Rondo (8.5)
SPG: Rajon Rondo (1.9)
BPG: Kendrick Perkins (1.9)

Key Matchup

Pts Reb Blk
2008 - Emeka Okafor 13.6 10.1 1.7


Pts Reb Blk
2008 - Kendrick Perkins 8.5 8.1 1.9





Injury Report
Kevin Garnett (precaution/extra rest - game time decision)
Leon Powe (bruised right knee - out)
Tony Allen (recovering from thumb surgery - probable)
Brian Scalabrine (post-concussion syndrome - out)


Keys to Victory

  • Limit Turnovers
  • Avoid Foul Trouble
  • Bench Play
  • Outwork the Opposition